Broadway Joe disagrees with Mike Ditka on the existence of oppression.
Ditka, the Super Bowl winning former coach of the Chicago Bears who played in the league for 11 years and won another Super Bowl playing for the Dallas Cowboys, said Monday night “there has been no oppression in the last 100 years.”
Namath, a fellow Hall-of-Famer, sat down with the “Fox & Friends” crew Tuesday to explain his take on the ongoing protests by NFL players.
“[G]oing back to what Colin Kaepernick initially did, it was to point out some injustice that’s being done to the black race,” he said. “Or to people that obviously when you look — and I say obviously, some of these dash cams and shootings that were done to unarmed people.”
“He was reaching out to try to get it more investigated,” Namath continued. “So that’s where this oppression thing comes in.”
And that view was counter to what Ditka said the night before during an interview with Westwood One’s Jim Gray before the Monday Night Football game featuring the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears.
“Look up the definition of oppression, and you understand that it’s obviously taken place,” Namath said.
Joe Namath speaks out in support of NFL players’ anthem protests on Fox and Friends: ‘Look up the word oppression’ pic.twitter.com/WNWgUrbiw3
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 10, 2017
In response to the player protests, Ditka didn’t buy into the liberal narrative in this country about racial oppression and said he doesn’t see everything based on color.
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“All of a sudden it’s become a big dealing now about oppression,” he said. “There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of.”
Ditka agreed with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ stance of not tolerating players disrespecting the national anthem, saying he’d take a similar stance if he were still coaching in the NFL.
“I don’t care who you are, how much money you make. If you don’t respect our country, then you shouldn’t be in this country playing football,” he told Gray. “Go to another country and play football. If you can’t respect the flag and the country, then you don’t respect what this is all about. So I would say adios.”
And while Namath saw things differently when it comes to oppression, the Super Bowl winning former New York Jets quarterback did agree that NFL owners should not allow players to protest when they are technically on the job.
“If somebody starts walking through here carrying a sign, what are the powers that be at Fox [News] going to say to you? ‘Excuse me. Go do that somewhere else. Don’t do it in the workplace,’” he said.
.@RealJoeNamath on national anthem protests: “I don’t understand the NFL owners.” pic.twitter.com/FlixVDYAcU
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) October 10, 2017
Namath also said, “We need more respect for the flag.”
.@RealJoeNamath on NFL anthem protests: “We need more respect for the flag.” pic.twitter.com/omel4ikZFA
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 10, 2017
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